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I'm sick of my Centurion 5. I have a post in Rants/Raves but that isn't the proper place to ask.

First things first... my budget is ~$150 US or less and this is for an ATX board.

Here are my issues with the Centurion 5:

The first problem is the power supply area. If I want to swap out power supplies, like I had to this past week, I need to remove the motherboard. Same deal with the 12v hookup. If I want access to it, I need to pull the motherboard since my hand can't fit in there. I guess this limits me to a bottom mount PSU.

The second problem is with the hard drive bays. There are 5 of them. 3 of them have inserts in them and the other two are at the top. That makes those two useless to me.

The third one from the top is also useless because it lines up almost perfectly with my GTX 465 and it is very hard to manage the drive with a large video card in there. If I want to remove the hard drive or disconnect the sata cable, I need to remove the video card first. Even if I do everything in the proper order, the sata and power cable still rest against the video card and I dislike that.

The 4th bay is fine and I will not use the 5th bay because of one simple reason. I have a modular PSU. I don't want to run two SATA power lines down the case to supply two devices (my DVD-rom and my hard drive). That just seems silly to me. That leaves ONE hard drive bay out of 5 and that is unacceptable to me.

Another issue is the width of the case. As you can see I use a Dark Knight. On the service panel, there was a cowl that I had to remove in order to get it to just fit. I really don't want to go through this with my next case.

So those are my issues with my old case. Now, this is what I'm looking for with my new case. Obviously the top priority is to solve the issues of above.

It must be black. I would prefer it to be black on the inside too but that isn't a deal breaker.

I'm not huge on LEDs but if it has them, I have two requirements. They must be blue and I must be able to turn them off somehow. My computer is in my bedroom and I can't sleep if I'm being lit up.

Cable management is a concern but it isn't a huge deal since my PSU is modular. As long as I have a place to route the few wires I do have and the case wires especially, things should be fine.

It must have front ports. At least 2 USB 2.0 ports (more is better though), Firewire, and audio in. I route my headphones through my speakers so audio out isn't that important.

So far, the only thing I have found to my liking is the CM Sniper Black. I do have some concerns with this. Many people are reporting that if you touch the front ports, your machine might reboot. I don't know if they've ironed out this issue but that is a huge concern. I also don't know if a dark knight will fit in there with the fan on the side panel.

I'm looking for real world experience. I already searched through NewEgg. If you have a case you like and it fits my requirements, let me know.
    
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Roswell Thor $149.99 shipped
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I feel bad for u man cause I have big hands too so my privios cases gave me allot of problems due to there size. The best thing I can tell u is that u might want to look into a haf. 932 cause it is a full case. Other than MM cases are extremely big and can acomidate anything only problem is the cause starts off at around $249 which is over ur budget
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post #4 of 21
Have a look at the Fractal Design Define XL case. This is what I have and I am having a really good experience so far. I think it would fit your needs.

It's $10 over your budget before taxes and shipping but NCIX has special deals often and I'm sure you could have it for $150. Also, have a look at the R3, which is smaller than the XL.

Fractal Design Define XL Black

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post #6 of 21
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Unfortunately, the NZXT case is not what I'm looking for. Aside from the ugly design (I'm not really into the modern look), I don't like the Optical drive door and I don't like how the controls and front panel stuff are on top.

I do really like the 5 way fan control though.

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Have a look at the Fractal Design Define XL case. This is what I have and I am having a really good experience so far. I think it would fit your needs.

It's $10 over your budget before taxes and shipping but NCIX has special deals often and I'm sure you could have it for $150. Also, have a look at the R3, which is smaller than the XL.

Fractal Design Define XL Black

Fractal Design Define XL Titatium/
Same issues I have with the NZXT case except for the ugly part. It's a nice looking case, just not for me.

Good looking out guys. You're close but not so close to what I want that I'm willing to shell out the money for it.
    
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post #7 of 21
It's a shame you don't like the NZXT Phantom since it has great features but besides that I'd recommend the highly popular Cooler Master HAF932 and the Corsair 600T
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post #8 of 21
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The Haf is out due to red LEDs. I hate red LEDs.

The 600T is difficult. It has top mounted plugins which I don't care for and I don't like the color but it still looks pretty nice. It's in second place next to the CM Sniper on my list.
    
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post #9 of 21
i love the top mounted plugins, works great since it's in the floor. The 600t is a dream to work in and the wire management is great. PSU would be nothing to swap on. LEDs are white though and you can't cut them off. Could always swap fans
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post #10 of 21
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I would never put a case on the floor.
    
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